I like thrift stores and yard sales. In this podcast, I talk about things I find secondhand. What have people given away or sold for cheap? Where did these things come from? Why are they interesting? Why aren't they garbage? In each episode of this podcast, I pick a few items and talk about them: an informal archaeology of the commercial pasture.
In this episode, I talk about LEGO's Ultimate Building Set No. 6166, Barnes & Noble's Nook Color, and a 1965 Book-of-the-Month Club copy of Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.'s JFK-era A Thousand Days.
The Lego Group seems to have a magical recipe for consistency and innovation. Barnes & Noble got into the tablet market and made a surprisingly durable Android-based tablet. And Houghton Mifflin published a story about the American presidency that made me nostalgic and hopeful.
Listen as I veer, amateurishly, into supply chain economics, industrial design, and political philosophy - all for having stopped at two thrift stores over the past couple weeks.